Changes

Philadelphia’s mayor has called on the Philadelphia Museum of Art to overhaul its harassment policies after allegations against a former employee were made public in a New York Times report. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik are launching a new residency program at a former Methodist church in Sag Harbor, New York, and now they’ve selected its director: Sara Cochran, who formerly led the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. [ARTnews]

With the institution coming under fire for closing for several years while it undergoes a renovation and expansion, London’s National Portrait Gallery director Nicholas Cullinan has responded: “We have given a great deal of thought as to how to complete the building works in the most responsible way.” [The Art Newspaper]

Museums

Take a look inside a controversy that ensued when staffers at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in Vermont discovered that their institution had received a gift from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. [VT Digger]

The soon-to-open Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles has acquired an archive of objects related to African-American cinema. [The Art Newspaper]

Through a planned expansion, the Frick Collection would lose an historic music room. Preservations are mounting one final effort to save it. [Gothamist]

Amid a lager push to send artifacts looted from Africa back to their home countries, a private group has succeeded in repatriating 27 objects sold in Nantes, France, last year to a museum in Benin. [Le Monde]

Artists

Artists Louise Lawler, Christopher Williams, and Stephen Prina share memories of John Baldessari, the pioneering Conceptualist who died earlier this month. [MoMA Magazine]

“I look back on Oklahoma as though it were an old black and white movie,” Ed Ruscha said of his home state in a new profile. [The New York Times]

Music

“If You Care About Rap, Don’t Release Your Album in a Museum,” says one music writer, addressing a Yasiin Bey show at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. [Pitchfork]



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